If only are almost everyone’s famous last words right before an event. The thing is it could be any event. People use those two words if they have been in an accident. They wonder if they left earlier, later, turned down a different street, drove faster, slower, etc. No matter what your thoughts it probably would have happened anyways. This is also true with married people. They start out great and then as their relationship deteriorates, possibly their finances change, their workload increases and it slowly begins to occur to them those two lovely words, if only. Of course, they tend to look at the negative as their lives fall apart but that is why divorce attorneys are so wealthy. The problem is that these people loved each other once and over time they changed and sometimes not for the better. Then it is much easier to blame their partners rather than look at what went wrong and how to fix it whether they stayed together or not. In some cases, anyone married to a narcissist or a sociopath, would have never known until it was too late. Both types of people present a fabulous front and make everything appear perfect right up until after real life started. Then, their true personalities came out and it really was a time to say, “If only I had known.” Those types of people are superior actors. However, they cannot pretend forever and that is when everything falls apart. In the Good Gus series, in a few books, “Run Blackie Run,” “The Field Trip,” and a couple more involve a storyline that if only the children had listened to their parents. Of course, all the books have happy endings but the underlying theme is that the children should and need to listen to their parents. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books are available now! Please consider adding “The Special Gift” as a new Christmas tradition. Books one and two are now available along with “The Special Gift” on the Tractor Supply website.